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All Barbadian vessels are required under the Shipping Act 1994 to be inspected annually. We have a worldwide network of Appointed Nautical Inspectors who are available to undertake inspections on our behalf.

Vessel owners or managers are responsible for arranging the annual inspections for their vessels directly with our Appointed Nautical Inspectors (ANIs), their details can be found here

List Of Appointed Nautical Inspectors

The BMSR and our ANIs carry out several types of inspection:

Pre-Registration Inspection

The Pre-Registration Inspection is required for all ships over 12 years of age proposed for registration to assess their technical suitability for Provisional Registration.

Initial Inspection

An initial inspection must be carried out within 6 months of the provisonal registration and before the ship can be permanently registrered and it involves a thorough examination of the vessel in order to confirm that the ship satisfies the registration, operational safety, and pollution prevention standards required by the BMSR and is technically suitable for Permanent Registration, as well as to verify that the Carving and Marking of the vessel has been carried out as required.

Annual Flag Safety Inspection

The purpose of the Annual Flag Safety Inspection (AFSI) is to confirm that the ship maintains the registration, operational safety, and pollution prevention standards required by the BMSR and is remains technically suitable for continued registration.

The AFSI is to be carried out within three (3) months before and three (3) months after the anniversary date of registration.

Follow-up Inspection

When many deficiencies are identified during a flag state or port state control inspection, the BMSR may request a follow-up inspection to take place and verify all deficiencies have been correctly rectified.

Our Appointed Nautical Inspectors Across The World

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    Nautical Inspectors

    A network of Nautical Inspectors is available to carry out annual ship safety inspections and to assist ship operators whenever required.  The list of Inspectors may be accessed here:

    Shipping Legislation

    Barbados has been a member of IMO since 1971, and has ratified many of the international Conventions that have been instrumental in shaping the world’s shipping


    We provide regular bulletins to keep our clients and associates abreast of new developments, and work closely with all our ship owners and managers to help maintain a quality fleet.

    Recognised Organisations

    Ten Classification Societies that are members of IACS (International Association of Classification Societies), as well as several other recognised organisations, have been appointed to survey and issue statutory certificates on our behalf.